Tiger Tours (6 Days)
Day 1 JAIPUR:
Arrival at Jaipur and Transfer to hotel; Jaipur, widely known as the 'Pink City, is color washed pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 A.D. The city was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides, crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided in to nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of universe. Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with 'Shilpa Shastra'- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture.
Rest of day is at leisure, free for independent activities.
Overnight at hotel
Day 2 JAIPUR:
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later proceed to the excursion to Amber Fort. Here you will enjoy the Elephant Ride to reach the top of the palace. (Subject to Availability and optional) This journey on embellished elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. (Subject to availability) Inside the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir - is the famed Sheesh Mahal- a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period.
Continue your journey: with the city tour of Jaipur- visiting Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry- pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, having 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
Overnight at hotel
Day 3 JAIPUR – RANTHOMBORE - (200KMS) (PARK CLOSED FROM 01 JULY TO 30 SEPT):
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out, proceed and drive to Ranthambore. Ranthambore National Park is about 4 hours drive away from Jaipur. The route is scenic with agriculture fields on both sides of the roads. This park is very famous for its tiger population. you will came across spotted deer grazing, Grey heron in breeding plumage Sambars, Chinkaras playing in the grass wild boars, majestic & pretty birds including Shikra, Black shouldered kite, Buzzard, Brahminy Duck, Storks and jackals as well lazy cats and hope to see Royal Bengal Tiger. There are now more than 41 tigers in Ranthambore 1394 sq. kms. (Official figures suggest count of 41) and residing in the core area of 400 sq kms which is accessible to visitors. The park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians and 30 mammals are in plenty too. a thousand Chitals, 800 Nilgai, one rattle and sloth bear, many Sambars, few Chinkaras grazing, a blackbuck and many crocodiles & python also. The birds like cormorants, Miniwets, darters, drongos lapwings, onoles, cormorants, kingfishers, stone, curlews and eagles, and thousands of peacocks and peahens.
The landscape is dotted with ancient Banyan Trees, Dhok & Pipal trees, clusters of mango trees and crisscrossed with evergreen belts. Ranthambore Fort- the monuments are in well-kept condition and worth visiting. One can have a marvelous view of the lake and Ranthambore National Park from top of the fort. The Fort is situated inside the Ranthambore National Park, which is 15 Km far from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station. The massive battlements encloses one of India's most ancient forts (built in 944 A.D.), vast in size, encompassing an area of nearly 7 km in circumference.Evening game drive in the Ranthambore National Park (Not included in the quote) 1430hrs: EVENING GAME DRIVE Afternoon game drive in exclusive Canter (20 Seater open bus) into the Park where your naturalist will talk to you about the wildlife found in this Park. And if you are lucky you will spot the tiger! 1800 hrs: Return to the Hotel.
Overnight at hotel
Day 4 RANTHAMBORE- FATEHPUR SIKRI- AGRA (300 KMS):
0630 hrs: Early Morning Game Drive. (Not included in the quote) Early morning Game Drive in Canter (20 Seater open bus) into the Park where your naturalist will talk to you about the wildlife found in this Park. Ranthambore National Park is probably the best place in the world to see wild tigers and is the only dry deciduous tiger habitat in the world. In game drive your naturalist will help you explore the park in the search of The Royal Bengal Tiger.
1000 hrs: Return to the Hotel.
1030 hrs; breakfast
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Agra (05½ hours) en-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted red sandstone city was built by Emperor Akbar in 1571 AD in honor of the famous Sufi saint, Salim Chishti. The Mughal capital for only 14 years until abandoned due to lack of water, the buildings are blending Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture.
Agra: Agra was the capital of the Mughals during the 16th and 17th centuries. The emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan governed their vast empires from here and as prolific builders; artisans from Persia, Central Asia and other parts of India were attracted by their patronage. The resulting luxurious palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dot the picturesque reverie region along the Yamuna River; three of which, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itmad ud Daula (baby Taj).
Check in at hotel and later proceed for your sightseeing tour which starts from Agra fort, situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River, this imposing red sandstone Fort was started in 1565 by Akbar. The fort surrounded by a moat forms a crescent along the riverfront and encompasses a huge complex of courtly buildings reflecting the varied styles of the Emperors. Wander through the lavishly decorated halls, courtyards and galleries discovering hidden pavilions and alcoves while getting a glimpse of the Taj Mahal at a distance. Later visit the Taj Mahal, the world's greatest monument to love and devotion. Built by the emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz, its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship took 20,000 workers almost 22 years to complete in 1653. (Closed on Fridays)
Overnight at hotel
Day 5 AGRA –DELHI (220 KMS):
Enjoy your breakfast, this morning at the hotel, and proceed to visit Itmad ud Daula. This tomb was built in 1622 for Ghiyas Beg, father of Empress Noor-Jahan, the wife of Emperor Jahangir. It is beautifully conceived in white marble, mosaic and lattice and set a precedent as the first Mughal building to be faced with white marble inlaid with contrasting stones. Sometimes also called 'Baby Taj', it is small, intimate and has a gentle serenity.
Also visit Sikandra. The sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal emperors, lies in a peaceful garden 4 km northwest of Agra. Its construction was begun by Akbar himself but completed by his son Jahangir in 1613.The southern gateway, the most impressive part of the complex, is made of red sandstone inlaid with abstract patterns in white marble. The tomb itself has four stories, three of red sandstone and the fourth of marble. True to Akbar's philosophy of a single unifying religion, his tomb shows a blend of motifs and styles of various religions.
After sightseeing of Agra proceed to Delhi. Delhi, the capital city of India lying along the River Yamuna, Seven cities have existed here since the 10th century, ruled over by a succession of Rajputs, Turks, Afghans, Mughals and the British. Delhi is two cities in one; the Old Delhi of the Mughals, created by Shah Jahan after moving his Capital from Agra in 1638 AD is still a medieval district of narrow lanes, forts, mosques and bazaars. The second, New Delhi, built by the British between 1911 and 1931 and characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens' architecture, is a spacious and well-designed metropolis of broad avenues, grand imperial buildings and landscaped gardens. New Delhi is a green city with its tree lined avenues, parks and natural forest and one of the City's hidden delights is the picturesque Lodi Gardens set around Mughal tombs and it is home to a number of museums including the national Museum, the Museum of Modern art, the Museum of Natural History and the creative Arts and Crafts Museum where artisans can be seen at work.
Overnight at hotel
Day 6 DELHI:
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, and proceed drive through South Delhi to visit Qutub Minar, which is a World Heritage site and one of the most historically monument in Delhi. This 234 feet high tower was built in 1193 at the time of the foundation of Islamic rule in India. Drive past the Bhai Temple, a serene marble structure of near perfect proportions. Later, visit one of the most inspirational monuments of Delhi's past the Humayun's Tomb .This Tomb was built in 1565 by a Persian architect. Surrounded by well maintained gardens it is a wonderfully serene site. Drive onto Rajpath, a two mile long avenue originally the focal point of British India and now used for parades; lined with ornamental canals the views in both directions are imposing. Drive past India Gate, built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan. Standing at the crest of Raisina Hill, Lutyen's 20th Century architectural masterpiece was built for the viceroy during British rule and is now the President's residence. Visit the Birla Mandir as it is popularly known which enshrines Lord Vishnu, situated at the heart of the city. Afterwards in Old Delhi previously known as Shahjahanabad, take a cycle rickshaw through the chaotic, noisy and bustling markets of Chandni Chowk, where trading continues in the maze of shops as it has done over the Centuries.